Small Edo Itabashi

Elephant came to the town of Edo.


"Day of world elephant" is established.

About protection of endangered elephant, it is day to call the world.

August 12.

We knew in leaflet of Ueno Zoological Gardens.


We thought that we wanted to know what kind of activity zoo carried out for protection and we wanted to see an elephant well.

Admission included the number of people restrictions at this time and reserved rearranging ticket online beforehand.

It will be several years since then.

What was able to be opposite to eyes of gentle elephant which seemed to be breathed in.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Children were the time of primary schoolchild.

When go to zoo during period in summer vacation, "is hot. Stinking. Dissatisfaction spouts out saying we were tired.

However, we stared only into breath to an elephant which walked about rapidly and became available as we approached stockyard (hoshijo).


Current zoos are enough for heat measures.

The shade of a tree was lot, too, and air conditioner or mist shower of indoor display were installed.

We were not worried about smell very much whether deodorant invention was taken.

"Forest to finish of elephant" was connected by plane across fence with visitor in stockyard that employed a lot of soil.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.

 We expect main enclosure sign from Edo-jo Castle inner moat

It dates back to the times of Prince general Yoshimune Tokugawa for Kyoho year, eight generations at time.

Elephant came over to the town of Edo. And we were raised for about 14 years.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.

 Sign of Hama-rikyu Gardens


Even if Yoshimune introduced, it is said that we brought elephant because venturer gives to general.

It is struck Nagasaki all the way across the sea by ko*hiromenan (Vietnam).

We go by land from there until the Edo era.

Across river of big things and small things, we advance step by step gasping for breath across steep gap while shaking big body.

The strain degree of the person concerned of passing land is sublimed into the iyaga top if it becomes general presentation.


On April 28, 1729 (Kyoho 14), is given rank of "the wide south sub-fourth place white elephant" (kounanjushiihakuzo) in Kyoto, is sannai in the Imperial Court.

We are honored with an interview with the Emperor Nakamikado, the soul former retired emperor.

This day became "day of elephant" on memorial day in Japan.


It is 75 days from Nagasaki to the Edo era.

We have finished walking about 350 villages.

Yoshimune sees one male elephant which accomplished grand tour from front yard of Edo-jo Castle large hall.


What would surprise of people of the Edo era when we saw for the first time be?

"Elephant boom" developed throughout japan.

Book, extra, color woodblock print, clay idol. Articles with elephant as motif were created in sequence.

Festival car of paper appeared for Sanno festival.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Elephant which paraded around the Edo city was accommodated by the beach palace (Hama-rikyu Gardens).

(we finally arrived at Chuo-ku.)

Clear trace does not remain which position of Hamarikyu house of elephant was at.

There was bulletin board which seemed to become clue in flower tree garden.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


It seems to have cost considerable expense for breeding.

What would elephant eat in those days?

Straw, rice, bamboo leaf, grass, wheat steamed bun, Seville orange, bergamot.

When we visited Hamarikyu in entrance in last autumn, sign of bergamot was notified.

It is one of the ancestors of Japanese citruses.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Tree of bergamot is in Hamarikyu, but is slightly incomprehensible between trees.

Tree of bergamot was planted by Imperial Palace East Garden, fruit tree old article class garden of Edo-jo Castle main enclosure trace.


Yoshimune that is full of curiosity imports a variety of animals.

Ostrich, cassowary, small indian civet, peacock. Hunting dog for hunting. More than 30 Western horses.

And it is elephant.

On seeing animal illustrated book of Yong Soo ton given by the Netherlands, we gave instructions when we wanted to see the real thing.

Some doors to the closed West opened.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Elephant was disposed of during 1741 (Kanpo 1) by Gensuke of Nomura.

Commentary board of trace of elephant hut (elephant stable comes sheath) is installed in Asahigaoka park of 3, Honcho, Nakano-ku.


This Gensuke, quite good person of ability.

That we put on sale as pill saying that it worked for ten thousand disease while we were released as show if it was feces of elephant which was holy animal.

It is said that we were selling like hot cakes in the Edo era when measles and smallpox were prevalent.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Big temple called takarasenji is at 2, Chuo, Nakano-ku.

Bone and tusk of elephant were put, but encounter war damage of the Pacific War.

Left elephant-related material is displayed in rinyuaruopun Nakano Ward Historical Museum who had in this April.


 Elephant came to the town of Edo.


Most moms who pushed baby carriage begin to sing when they come in front of forest to finish of elephant of zoo.


 Yeah, mother is long, too"

 We are with mother.


Own child sang, too.

"nanananana which is flower."

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